Psalm 5:2
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New International Version
Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.

King James Bible
Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.

Darby Bible Translation
Hearken unto the voice of my crying, my king and my God; for to thee will I pray.

World English Bible
Listen to the voice of my cry, my King and my God; for to you do I pray.

Young's Literal Translation
Be attentive to the voice of my cry, My king and my God, For unto Thee I pray habitually.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Hearken unto the voice of my cry - We may easily find the process through which David's mind was now passing:

1. We have seen from the preceding Psalm that he lay down in a very happy frame of mind, and that he had enjoyed profound repose.

2. As soon as he awakes in the morning, his heart, having a right direction, resumes its work.

3. He meditates on God's goodness; and on his own happy state, though pursued by enemies, and only safe as long as God preserved him by an almighty hand and especial providence.

4. This shows him the need he has of the continual protection of the Most High; and therefore he begins to form his meditation and the desires of his heart into words, to which he entreats the Lord to give ear.

5. As he was accustomed to have answers to his prayers, he feels the necessity of being importunate! and therefore lifts up his voice.

6. Seeing the workers of iniquity, liars, and blood-thirsty men strong to accomplish their own purposes in the destruction of the godly, he becomes greatly in earnest, and cries unto the Lord: "Hearken unto the voice of my cry."

7. He knows that, in order to have a right answer, he must have a proper disposition of mind. He feels his subjection to the supreme authority of the Most High, and is ready to do his will and obey his laws; therefore he prays to God as his lying: "Hearken, my King and my God." I have not only taken thee for my God, to save, defend, and make me happy; but I have taken thee for my King, to govern, direct, and rule over me.

8. Knowing the necessity and success of prayer, he purposes to continue in the spirit and practice of it: "Unto thee will I pray." R. S. Jarchi gives this a pretty and pious turn: "When I have power to pray, and to ask for the things I need, then, O Lord, give ear to my words; but when I have no power to plead with thee, and fear seizes on my heart, then, O Lord, consider my meditation!"

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

unto the

Psalm 3:4 I cried to the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.

my King

Psalm 10:16 The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.

Psalm 24:7,8 Lift up your heads, O you gates; and be you lift up, you everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in...

Psalm 44:4 You are my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.

Psalm 47:6,7 Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises to our King, sing praises...

Psalm 74:12 For God is my King of old, working salvation in the middle of the earth.

Psalm 99:1-4 The LORD reigns; let the people tremble: he sits between the cherubim; let the earth be moved...

Psalm 145:1 I will extol you, my God, O king; and I will bless your name for ever and ever.

Isaiah 33:22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.

unto thee

Psalm 65:2 O you that hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come.

A Staircase of Three Steps
'All those that put their trust in Thee ... them also that love Thy name ... the righteous.'--PSALM v. 11, 12. I have ventured to isolate these three clauses from their context, because, if taken in their sequence, they are very significant of the true path by which men draw nigh to God and become righteous. They are all three designations of the same people, but regarded under different aspects and at different stages. There is a distinct order in them, and whether the Psalmist was fully conscious
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Moreover what is Written "Thou Wilt Destroy all that Speak Leasing...
35. Moreover what is written "Thou wilt destroy all that speak leasing:" [2360] one saith that no lie is here excepted, but all condemned. Another saith: Yea verily: but they who speak leasing from the heart, as we disputed above; for that man speaketh truth in his heart, who hateth the necessity of lying, which he understands as a penalty of the moral life. Another saith: All indeed will God destroy who speak leasing, but not all leasing: for there is some leasing which the Prophet was at that time
St. Augustine—On Lying

Covenanting a Duty.
The exercise of Covenanting with God is enjoined by Him as the Supreme Moral Governor of all. That his Covenant should be acceded to, by men in every age and condition, is ordained as a law, sanctioned by his high authority,--recorded in his law of perpetual moral obligation on men, as a statute decreed by him, and in virtue of his underived sovereignty, promulgated by his command. "He hath commanded his covenant for ever."[171] The exercise is inculcated according to the will of God, as King and
John Cunningham—The Ordinance of Covenanting

Covenant Duties.
It is here proposed to show, that every incumbent duty ought, in suitable circumstances, to be engaged to in the exercise of Covenanting. The law and covenant of God are co-extensive; and what is enjoined in the one is confirmed in the other. The proposals of that Covenant include its promises and its duties. The former are made and fulfilled by its glorious Originator; the latter are enjoined and obligatory on man. The duties of that Covenant are God's law; and the demands of the law are all made
John Cunningham—The Ordinance of Covenanting

Cross References
Psalm 84:3
Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young-- a place near your altar, LORD Almighty, my King and my God.

Psalm 140:6
I say to the LORD, "You are my God." Hear, LORD, my cry for mercy.

Psalm 145:1
A psalm of praise. Of David. I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever.

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